Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Thursday, May 25, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
Here is a brief preview of tomorrow’s Section V Class C1 Baseball Finals between Le Roy and Geneseo:
Section V Class C1 2017 Finals
#8 Le Roy vs #3 Geneseo – Saturday, May 27 @ 7:00 pm at Livonia HS
In the two sides’ previous matchup on April 3rd, the Knights’ offense and defense struggled to support starting pitcher Josh Laurie, while Geneseo starter Brian Linton was able to dominate LR, striking out 9 Knight batters in the win on Le Roy’s opening day.
In the win for Geneseo, Matt Robinson finished 1/3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Jake Young added a 1/3 day which included 2 RBI.
GENESEO – Freshman Luke Harris leads the Devils in batting average, hitting a .558 clip with 9 RBI and 5 doubles this season, while Seniors Brian Linton and Matt Robinson have provided the power for GEN – both hitting over .400 with a combined 42 RBI, and 20 extra base hits on the year. Linton has been the top-threat on the mound for the Blue Devils throughout 2017, posting a 2.15 ERA through 45 and 2/3 innings, during which he has struck out an astonishing 79 batters.
LE ROY – Josh Laurie, Reece Tresco, and Cole Biggins are each hitting over .400 for the Knights this season, and have combined for 42 RBI, and 14 extra base hits. Laurie and Tresco each have double-digit stolen bases – and have yet to be caught this year. While Laurie was the Knights’ top-pitcher throughout the regular season (1.68 ERA in 33 IP), sophomore Tim McMullen has come up from JV for Le Roy during the postseason and posted a 1.56 ERA in over 10 innings pitched. In my Sectional Preview, I wrote that Laurie’s ability to manage his pitch count would be key. Little did I know he wouldn’t even take the mound for LR during their first three Sectional wins. Testament to their pitching depth within the program – which I clearly underestimated.
I’m expecting a much better game than we saw all the way back on April 3rd, as the Knights absorbed a 1-4 start to the year and have transformed into a much better team since that time. And now, with the addition of McMullen for the postseason, Le Roy is one win away from capturing the Class C1 Title as a #8 seed – which not many saw coming. However, Geneseo’s Linton, who I expect will pitch tomorrow night, is as tough as they come and will be a true challenge for the Knights’ offense on Friday.
In the end, I believe Le Roy has a very good chance to pick up the win in this game. Give me the Knights – Le Roy 3 Geneseo 2 FINAL
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